A HUGE THANK YOU and Congratulations to the Washington State University Tri-Cities Electrical Engineering Team Aquaponics and Professor Scott Hudson. Their project “Solar Aquaponics System for Kagoma Gate Village” received 1st place, yes, you read that correctly: FIRST PLACE at the IEEE Undergraduate Presentation Competition Wednesday (4/12/17) at the University of Idaho.
We are overjoyed that our long time supporter of The Giving Circle and friend, Scott will be part of this years team going to Uganda with us! During the trip, Scott will install this amazing project and, in addition, his students designed and he will be, bringing solar light to the newly completed 2 class room school block at Kagoma Gate.
Scott will have helpers from the US and our Ugandan team/family, and of course, our team Engineer Emma Walubi.
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Today is always a hard day, its the day we leave. Its been an amazing trip, with amazing team, Ann Lamoreaux Fantauzzi, Bill Reilly , Lourds Lane and Dr Manny Cirenza to spend almost 3 weeks with our amazing African based Giving Circle team/family Moses Wambi Emma Walubi Cecilia Kagya, Mwesigwa Paul Kisitu Yassin Elizabeth, Sangrao, Peter, all our teachers and staff and all of the Ugandan family we thanks to so many of you, we serve.
The advances we are making, the lives we are improving, bringing all the things that bring such great hope to beautiful people.
EVERY single thing we do, everything we accomplish is 100% because of all of you who help us make this happen.
We are at the Koi Koi House with our sons and daughters right now, but Its time to head to the airport for 2 very long flights. While we can dust off some of the red dust from our clothing and shoes you can never shake from your heart our Ugandan family.
Next stop Entebbe, then Amsterdam then on to Boston then home to my love Kelly Mommakoikoi Bertrand!
The trip is winding down, just a few days left until the team leaves Uganda, our projects and our beloved Ugandan family.
Today was back to Kagoma Gate, though we VERY missed Ann who was a bit under the weather so stayed back for some rest and Dr Manny Cirenza was spending the day at the AOET clinic.
Part 1- Continuing construction on the last of the class blocks, this the 2 class room great hall that with GREAT thanks to Fingerpaint Marketing we can now complete.
Wall cement coatings being applied. The window frames and doors have been completed at the welders and will be delivered to Kagoma to start being installed Friday.
Thank you Bo Signoracci Goliber!!
Today will be spent at our Busoga school with Lourds teaching the students then staff. Dr Manny and Ann screening our deaf classes/ students. Bill will also for the last day this trip be doing what he does so very well, teaching, inspiring!
I and the whole team here greatly so including the teaching staffs at both our schools are so very grateful for this amazing most kind and loving man. His dedication to the work we do, to the children we serve and children everywhere and their education is astounding.
We have the most amazing news! We have started the hearing clinic with our deaf children at Busoga School. We set a goal a hope, a prayer we could get just ONE that has some hearing, with this we could seek out hearing aids.
We set this goal knowing chances would not be great, but we may just have one.
The very first child is brought to us Sserungo Hussien, and he heard!!! Stay tuned!
What a great day yesterday. We were always moving in a direction south towards Entebbe airport to pick up Lourds for her arrival at 10:30pm and she is here and safe and sound AND VERY excited.
1-Mark’s day started, as always, at Moses and Cecilia home, with Moses and Mark in their long talks over tea and breakfast . We were visited by Kawanga Paul, a young man who has been in our sponsorship program since he was very small. He came to report he has scored so well in his high school national exams and can and will move to university with a goal of being a lawyer, our first lawyer!
2- Next to Mukono with Ann, Bill and the team where 5 of our oldest Koi Koi kids attend high school (beaming with love and pride). We visited our children to find them looking so good, happy and working so hard with very good grades.
3- Next stop; Kampala to meet with our great friend and star(s) of the Disney Movie, The Queen of Katwe, Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi!
4- Last stop: Entebbe Airport to pick up our new family member and the amazing Lourds Lane!
Tonight back to Entebbe airport to pick up Manny Cirenza!